A native of Kansas, William R. Gordon has served the library community for over 40 years, most recently as the Executive Director of the American Library Association from 1998 - 2002. Prior to his appointment as the 21st chief executive of ALA since 1879, he served as the head of Prince George’s Country Memorial Library System in Hyattsville, Maryland (1977- 1998).
Bill also served as the director of library systems in Minnesota and Idaho. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Baker University in Baldwin, Kansas and a master’s degree in library science from the University of Denver.
Bill retired as ALA Executive Director in August 2002 and currently lives in Chicago.